The Best Honeymoon Ideas in the U.S. Virgin Islands The Best Honeymoon Ideas in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The Best Honeymoon Ideas in the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Why go? As a U.S. territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands are an easy and relatively affordable place for that tropical honeymoon of your dreams.

Best ideas: Zip-line over the rainforest before settling into the sand at Trunk Bay. But first, order yourself a Painkiller (cocktail) off the dock at Cruz Bay Landing.

Good to know: Though it’s technically part of the U.S., it’s a good idea to bring your passport anyway.

After taking a direct hit from Hurricane Maria in 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands — three main islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix plus several other smaller islands — are making a slow but steady recovery and are ready to welcome visitors back with open arms. While you’re not going to find the glitz and over-the-top luxury of, say, the South of France, what you will find is an almost incomparable landscape, some of the clearest water you’ll ever see, and welcoming, friendly people ready to show off their beautiful island home.

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Traveling & Getting Around the U.S. Virgin Islands

People flock to this U.S. territory in the Caribbean (there are also a British Virgin Islands and Spanish — technically Puerto Rican — Virgin Islands) for many reasons, including abundant snorkeling and diving opportunities, sailing, swimming, and relaxing at the beach. And rum punch, of course.  Perhaps the most important factor is its proximity. The USVI are less than 50 miles east of Puerto Rico, meaning they’re easily accessible for travelers from the mainland. U.S. airlines including American, Delta, United, JetBlue, and Spirit offer daily flights from multiple gateways in the continental U.S., including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Like most other Caribbean islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands experience the typical hurricane season for the region from June through November. It gets very hot and humid in the summer months, so the dead of the bone-chilling Northern winter through the early summer is your best bet for a trip to the USVI. 

Carnival is a huge celebration in the islands just like it is elsewhere in the Caribbean and Latin America, though it’s celebrated at different times on each of the three islands. On St. Thomas, you’ll find Carnival celebrations lasting from mid-April to mid-May; on St. John, it begins toward the end of June and lasts until July 4th; and on St. Croix, it goes from December through early January.

Even though the USVI are a U.S. territory, it’s a good idea to bring your passport with you anyway, as travelers have reported difficulty exiting the islands with just a U.S. driver’s license. That way, in case you decide you’d like to sail over to the adjacent British Virgin Islands, you’ll be prepared.

Honeymooning in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Pros & Cons

The Pros

  • Gorgeous weather, plenty of relaxation, delicious food and drinks and good vibes all around
  • Easy access from the U.S. mainland
  • Flights to Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas aren’t terribly expensive if you book early enough

The Cons

  • Hurricane season lasts from June through November each year
  • The islands still haven’t made a full recovery after the damage that Hurricane Maria inflicted a few years ago
  • Infrastructure is still lacking, and rental cars are generally in bad shape due to the poor condition of roads on the islands

U.S. Virgin Islands Regions

  • St. Thomas

    St Thomas, 00802, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

    St. Thomas is the second largest island and contains the territory’s largest city, Charlotte Amalie. In town, there’s plenty to keep you busy, including tons of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Climb up the famous 99 steps of Charlotte Amalie and take in the spectacular views from the top. Grab some photos on the way up, too. 

  • St. John

    St John, 00830, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

    St. John is the smallest of the Virgin Islands, and it’s also the one with the most natural beauty and unspoiled landscapes — in fact, two-thirds of the island is a U.S. National Park. Don’t miss world-famous Trunk Bay, a picture-perfect beach with white, powdery sand.

  • St. Croix

    St Croix, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

    St. Croix is the largest of the three major islands and has a rich cultural history thanks to influence from the Spanish, British, Dutch, French, Maltese, Danish, and Americans — all of whom had a part in shaping the island’s identity today. 

  • Best Attractions & Activities in the U.S. Virgin Islands

    While it’s perfectly acceptable to go to the U.S. Virgin Islands and do nothing other than sit on the beach and drink Painkillers, there’s plenty to see and do if you want to be a little more active.

  • Drake's Seat and Mountain Top

    Rte 37, St Thomas 00802, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

    On St. Thomas, check out the views at Drake’s Seat and Mountain Top, the latter of which will bring you up 1,500 feet and give you views in all directions of about 20 different islands — and make all your Instagram followers jealous.

  • Tree Limin' Extreme Zipline

    7406 St. Peter Mountain Road, St Thomas, VI 00802
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    (Photo courtesy of Tree Limin’ Extreme Zipline)

    If you’re after more of a thrill, take a 2.5-hour zip-line tour of the rainforest high above the island. You’ll certainly earn your Painkillers after that. 

  • Red Hook

    Red Hook, St Thomas 00802, USVI
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    (Photo by Skellig2008/Flickr)

    Back at sea level, visit the town of Red Hook on the east side of St. Thomas and enjoy the vibrant music, eating, and drinking scenes it has to offer. 

  • Trunk Bay

    Trunk Bay, St John 00830, USVI
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    (Photo by Carolyn Sugg/Flickr)

    On St. John, don’t leave without seeing Trunk Bay, a stunning, quarter-mile beach ringed by palm trees. It’s part of the national park so there’s an entrance fee, but it’s worth it — it’s a sight you’ll never forget, especially since it’ll earn a prominent place in your Instagram grid. If you’re an advanced diver (or enjoy a good cliff dive), head to Carvel Rock, where the current is strong but the underwater life is abundant. 

  • The Parrot Club

    Wharfside Village, Cruz Bay, St John 00830, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of The Parrot Club)

    Spend an afternoon at Cruz Bay, the main town and entry/exit point for the island of St. John. Try your hand at blackjack at The Parrot Club after dinner and drinks on the waterfront. 

  • Buck Island

    Buck Island, St Croix, USVI
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    (Photo by Steve Bennett/Flickr)

    Take a half-day boat trip, which usually includes food and drinks, to Buck Island from St. Croix, and enjoy the uncrowded, pristine beaches of this marine national park.

  • Cruzan Rum Distillery

    3A, Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of Cruzan Rum/Facebook)

    Get in touch with local traditions at the Cruzan rum distillery in the town of Frederiksted. Tours are cheap and it’s a fun way to learn more about rum’s history in the Caribbean and the role it plays to this day in the culture of the islands. 

  • Best Hotels, Resorts & Airbnbs in the U.S. Virgin Islands

    A popular destination for honeymooners, families, and solo travelers alike, the USVI have plenty of lodging options for travelers at every budget.

  • Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

    Best Amenities 7150 Bolongo, St Thomas, 00802, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort)

    Vibe: On St. Thomas, the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is an intimate beachfront hotel that is all about having a good time.

    Price: Room rates start around $215 per night, and the rate includes complimentary water sports including paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkel gear. 

  • Marriott's Frenchman's Cove

    Best Infinity Pool 7338 Estate Bakkeroe, St Thomas 00802, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove)

    Vibe: Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is a timeshare ownership property, but anyone can stay at the resort. Each room is villa-style with two bedrooms and two bathrooms — it may be more space than you’d need on a honeymoon but the resort’s hillside beachfront location makes for stunning pictures at every turn. The resort’s infinity-edge pool is also the perfect backdrop for a couple’s pic at sunset. 

    Price: Rates start at around $550 per night in the low season, and over $1,000 in the high season. 

  • The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

    Worth the Splurge 6900 Great Bay St. Thomas VI, St Thomas 00802
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    (Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas)

    Vibe: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, is the island’s premier luxury resort, with a pristine oceanfront location, gorgeous pools hugging the beach, and four restaurants, so you’ll find no shortage of spots to take in the natural beauty and capture photos to make everyone back home jealous. The hotel was significantly damaged by Hurricane Maria but reopened in November 2019 after a multimillion dollar renovation.

    Price: Room rates start from $489 per night in the low season and can go as high as $1,400 per night during the popular winter months. 

  • The Westin St. John Resort Villas

    Best Views 300B Chocolate Hole Road St John, Cruz Bay, St John 00830, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of The Westin St. John Resort Villas)

    Vibe: The Westin St. John Resort Villas overlooks Cruz Bay and is another newly renovated waterfront property where photo-ops are in abundance. Take a dip in the quarter-acre pool, then belly up to Snorkels Bar & Grill for a rum punch.

    Price: Room rates at this resort are villa-style and start at just under $350 per night in the low season and $645 in the high season. 

  • Gallows Point Resort

    Best European-Style Resort Cruz Bay, St John 00830, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of Gallows Point Resort)

    Vibe: Gallows Point Resort, also located in Cruz Bay, is a quintessentially Caribbean resort, with wicker furnishings and breezy, upper-level lofts. An oceanfront pool on a rocky beach gives a little bit of a European vibe to the place, and you can enjoy island-to-table cuisine daily for dinner.

    Price: In the low season, room rates start at $345 per night, and in the high season, you can expect to pay at least $595 per night. 

  • The Buccaneer Hotel

    Best Honeymoon Packages 5007 Estate Christiansted, St Croix 00824, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of The Buccaneer Resort)

    Vibe: The Buccaneer Resort opened on St. Croix in 1947 and has been a legendary property on the island ever since. It’s a full-scale resort, with three separate beaches, two pools, and three restaurants and bars to choose from. Rooms are appropriately Caribbean and tropical, with blues, yellows, and pinks used abundantly.

    Price: Room rates at this property start at $349 in the low season. The hotel also offers separate honeymoon packages, which include round-trip private transportation from the airport; a guaranteed king-bed room; a welcome gift of prosecco, flowers, and chocolates; a sunset cruise; a half-day Buck Island trip; an island tour; a one-day beach cabana rental; and complimentary 25-minute massages, for an additional $900.

  • Airbnb: Cannon Cliffs Villa, St. Thomas

    Best Honeymoon Retreat Cannon Cliffs Villa, St. Thomas, USVI
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    (Photo by Airbnb)

    Vibe: This gorgeous four-bedroom luxury villa, located along the northern coast of St. Thomas in Peterborg East, comes with a fully equipped kitchen, gym, and a stunning infinity pool and deck area perfect for taking in those beautiful sunset views.

    Price: From $999 a night.

  • Airbnb: Frangipani Villa at The Hills, St. John

    Best Hilltop Villa The Hills Saint John, Bay View Terrace, Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI
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    (Photo by Airbnb)

    Vibe: This stunning three-bedroom villa located above Cruz Bay on the island of St. John offers Mediterranean-style living in a beautiful Caribbean setting. You’ll share access to a clubhouse, fitness center, and pool with a handful of other similarly designed hilltop villas, as well as have your own private pool, BBQ deck and fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy seclusion while still being close to all the action in Cruz Bay, home to some of the island’s best shops and restaurants.

    Price: From $725 a night.

  • Airbnb: A Luxury Stay in Peter Bay, St. John

    Best "Go Big or Go Home" Splurge Peter Bay, St. John, USVI
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    (Photo by Airbnb)

    Vibe: This luxurious four-bedroom villa is situated high on a hill above Peter Bay Beach along St. John’s northern coast, giving you easy access to explore the rest of Virgin Islands National Park, as well as the busier nearby towns of Coral Bay and Cruz Bay. You’ll also get your own swimming pool and hot tub, and a  lovely outdoor terrace perfect for alfresco dining.

    Price: From $1,857 a night.

  • Best Restaurants & Bars in the U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Gladys' Café

    Best Breakfast 5600 Royal Dane Mall, Suite 9, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of Gladys’ Cafe)

    Gladys’ Cafe has recently reopened in St. Thomas after a fire in the building closed down the restaurant temporarily. This local favorite is open for breakfast and lunch only, and serves Caribbean and American dishes like jerk mahi mahi and callaloo soup. Don’t forget to pick up a jar of Gladys’ favorite hot sauce on your way out.

  • Virgilio's Cuisine

    Best Upscale Italian Restaurant Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00801, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of Virgilio’s)

    Nothing says a romantic meal like a dimly lit Italian joint. On St. Thomas, look no further than Virgilio’s, where you’ll find Italian classics served with a bit of a Caribbean twist. 

  • Mafolie Restaurant

    Most Unforgettable Views 7091 Estate, St Thomas 00802, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of Mafolie Restaurant)

    It wouldn’t be a honeymoon without dinner with a view, and Mafolie Restaurant, located in the hotel of the same name, gives you exactly that. The view is simply unparalleled in all of St. Thomas — get there for an early dinner as the sun is setting and you’ll have one unforgettable meal. 

  • Skinny Legs

    Best Beach Bar 9901 Estate Emmaus, St. John, VI 00830
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    (Photo courtesy of Skinny Legs)

    Located in Coral Bay, St. John, Skinny Legs is exactly what comes to mind when you think of a beach bar in the Caribbean. Time seems to move slower while you’re feasting on delicious burgers and sipping Painkillers, all next to the beautiful turquoise waters of the bay. 

  • Cruz Bay Landing

    Best Place to Get Your Trip Started 6 D Cruz Bay Town, St John, VI 00831, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of Cruz Bay Landing)

    As soon as you disembark the ferry at Cruz Bay, you’ll see Cruz Bay Landing, just steps from the dock. Start your time at St. John here and adjust to island time by bellying up to the new outdoor bar. 

  • Extra Virgin Bistro

    Best Mediterranean Cuisine 6D Cruz Bay, Saint John, VI 00830, USVI
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    (Photo courtesy of Extra Virgin Bistro)

    A relative newcomer in Cruz Bay, Extra Virgin Bistro serves Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on local ingredients. 

  • Bottom Line

    Gorgeous, beachy and a stone’s throw from the continental U.S., the U.S. Virgin Islands are a relatively affordable tropical paradise that barely requires flying over water. It’s a great compromise between the reassuringly familiar and the island exotic.